This photograph was found in the archives of the Chugiak-Eagle River Historical Society. It included no mention of the date it was taken or any of the men who appear in it. The society is seeking the public’s help in figuring out who — and perhaps when, where and why — this photo was taken. The society has hundreds of photos in its archives, and many have not been identified. From time to time, the Star will run some of these photos in this space in hopes of learning more about their historical significance.
Four pages of the July 19, 1973 issue of the Chugiak-Eagle River Star were devoted to the opening of the Parkgate Building in Eagle River. It was located on the site of the former “Swap and Shop” business that had opened in the 1950s which had new and used merchandise. The following information was gleaned from that issue of the Star and edited by the Memory Retrievers.
Published in the Knik Arm Courier on Feb. 3, 1965: A demonstration project, financed by matching Federal and state funds, would place a branch of the Anchorage Library in the Greater Chugiak Area. This project is under the supervision of the Anchorage library and it is designed to place out-stations of the library throughout the Greater Anchorage Area Borough.
This article from the Knik Arm Courier, Oct. 5, 1966, follows a local Chugiak man who took three astronauts hunting and fishing in Alaska.
The following two articles from a June 1960 issue of the Knik Arm Courier relates efforts by the community to keep the kids entertained and out of trouble.
Representatives of 27 different organizations, from PTAs to church groups, formed Operation Chugiah High School (OCHS) for the purpose of lobbying the state Legislature. They were successful and in the fall of 1964, Chugiah High School, designed to hold 300 students, was opened. That same year the state also built Birchwood Elementary School, located adjacent to the high school, and in 1973 Homestead Elementary was built in Eagle River.
From a column in the Chugiak-Eagle River Star, July 29, 1976.
From a column in the Knik Arm Courier, Aug. 31, 1960.
From a column by editor Rusty Bellringer in the Knik Arm Courier, Aug. 17, 1960.